What a send off! Immediate Past President Neil McDonald received a standing ovation for his leadership of our club in the past year. There have been many challenges this year, which is familiar to all service clubs in the past 5-10 years, but we managed to continue our successful fundraising and our leadership is strong. Thank you to Past Lt. Governor Shirley Bradley, for assisting at our luncheon and discharging our 2006-07 President and Board of Directors. His swan song reflected on the accomplishments of all the members over the past year (see attached) and he thanked everyone from the bottom of his heart.
He was proud to present his last President's Rose to President Bill Gosewitz and promised to support him as our 90th Club President. We welcomed President Bill Gosewitz, who was inducted, along with his new Board of Directors for 2007-08, by our new Lt. Governor, David Daubney. President Bill continued a new tradition… with the presentation to Neil of a Pittsburgh Steelers jersey showcasing the name McDonald and the number 89, to the 89th president of our club. Great idea, Bill!
Bill has been a member of our club for 8 years working with many of our projects. He thanked Les Morin and Peter Patafie for introducing him to the Club, and noted that he is truly honored to be our 90th President. He reiterated the success of our programs and encouraged all members to continue supporting our Club’s initiatives. Look for President Bill’s welcome address in next week’s eDGE.
Thank you to Mark Max and the Music Committee for their musical presentation to both the outgoing and incoming President and Board of Directors. It always brings a smile to our face! Thank you to Jamie Johnson, who put together a video with music, capturing many of the fine moments over this past year. The collection of photos was presented to Neil along with a booklet for display. For those of you who missed the video, you can view it here:
Remember to take pictures if you are at any Kiwanis event, to be included in next year's video!
Sep. 28 Attendance 108 = Active 67 / Senior/Hon 14 / Guests 27
President Bill’s Thought For the Week - The mind is like a parachute; it works best when it is open.
Congratulations to Peter Patafie, who won the raffle of Admission to the President’s Cup at the Royal Montreal Golf Club, donated by Howard Whittaker; to Matt McGrath, who won the raffle of Golfer’s Survival Kit, donated by Grant Yusak; and to President Bill Gosewitz, who won the raffle of 2 tickets to the Sens vs. Rangers October 6, 2007, donated by Grant Yusak. President Bill put the tickets up for auction raising $250 for our General Account thanks to Wayne French. Thank you all for contributing, $118.00 was raised for our General Account.
Next Luncheon Meeting Friday October 12, 2007 12:00pm - 1:30pm Deirdre McMurdy, Political Columnist, Ottawa Citizen Relocating to the new Brickstone Restaurant, 320 Rideau Street (the old Place Next Door) NOTE: New start time – registration 11:30 – 12:00 Head Table marches in at 12:00 sharp If you are bringing a Guest, inform the office, at email@example.com
Fri. Oct 19 Michael Hughes – Networking
Fri. Oct 26 Gennie McNicol, Trip to Kenya to build a new school
Fri. Nov 2 Bob Abrames, Salesologist & Voyageur
Tue.Oct.2 Golf, 12:00pm, Apollo Property Management Wed.Oct.3 Interclub, 7:00pm, Kathleen Holst’s home Tue.Oct.9 AKtion Club, 6:30pm, Royal Canadian Legion, 330 Kent Street
Happy Birthday To You! Sep. 30 – Ted Parsons Oct.2 – Vic Jones Oct.4 - Neil McDonald Oct.8 – Shirley Tomblin Oct.11 – Alan Smith & Sharilyn Cyr
Membership Committee Chair – We need a Leader! We are looking for a dedicated and committed member to lead the Membership Committee for the upcoming year, starting October 1st. In this position you would conduct the monthly committee meetings, and liaise with Corporate Membership and Sponsorship Co-chairs, Tom Pullen/Angela Cummings; you would coordinate the meetings for Retention/Engagement and New Members, and, you would also liaise with the Kiwanis office for issues on recruitment of potential members, luncheons, committee budget, etc. If you are willing to spend the time on this most important club function, please contact me as soon as possible at 613-563-5083 or firstname.lastname@example.org President-Designate Bill Gosewitz 2008
Bedzzz Race - Kiwanis Bed Building Day When: Saturday, October 20, 2007 9:00am -3:00pm Where: Patafie’s Moving Supply and Rentals- 888 Belfast Road We still need old bikes and old metal beds for the bed race. We also require someone with welding equipment who could assist us to construct the beds. More details to follow shortly…
Thank you to the following members who attended the Kiwanis Club of Cornwall’s 80th Anniversary on Tuesday, Sept 25th : Rick Barrigar, David Daubney, Neil McDonald, Bill & Joanne Gosewitz, Sam Bhargava, Buck Madden, Kathleen Holst, Ross Hadwen, Myrna Beattie, Donna Hicks, Jack Warner.
Kiwanis Club of Ottawa 4th Annual Camp Smitty Hands-On Project Kiwanians and friends ventured up to the Boys & Girls Club of Ottawa – Camp Smitty to spruce up the camp. Led by Lee Storm and Guy Dagenais, our group of volunteers, cut down trees and brush, painted exterior siding and worked on completing the interior framing of four new cabins. Everyone put forth an excellent effort and once again, enjoyed the camaraderie of sitting around a fire. Thank you to all the volunteers who came out to support this project: Rick Barrigar, Scott Bradford, Guy Dagenais, David Daubney, Bill Gosewitz, Ross Hadwen, Kathleen Holst, Cathy James-Zelney, Mike Kruger, Kanta Marwah, Neil McDonald, Ken Nelson, George Old, Lee Storm, Mike Zanon.
NOTE: $ Yearly Membership Dues and Luncheon Fees $
On October 1st, we will be billing all Active and Senior members for their Kiwanis Club of Ottawa MEMBERSHIP DUES of $330.00 for our 2007-08 year. Kiwanis International bills us based on our Sept 30th membership numbers. Members’ who have given us permission to automatically charge their credit card, will be charged on October 1st and 2nd. Invoices will be sent to all other members requesting payment within 30 days. LUNCHEON FEES of $253.00 for Active members ($23 x 11 meetings) will also be billed in the same week for the October - December quarter. Seniors members also have the option of prepaying ($23 x 3 = $69). If you have any questions or wish to discuss payment arrangements, please contact the Kiwanis office. Thank you. R.L.(Bob) Fisher Honorary Secretary/Treasurer 2007-08
Kiwanis Club of Orleans – SKREAMERS Proulx Farm at 1865 O’Toole Road just east of Trim Road. Located in an old barn, the Kiwanis Club of Orleans and volunteers are preparing a wagon load of surprises and hair-raising attractions. Be afraid – Be very afraid. This site is dark and scary and sometimes gruesome and is not recommended for children under 10 years of age. For more information on dates and times, visit their website at http://www.orleanskiwanis.com/skreamers/
Want to join us for the 100-person Interclub in San Antonio, Texas? Friday, October 26th in San Antonio at ‘Howl at the Moon’ – I am hoping to have the craziest long distance interclub in honour of our 90 years of serving the community. We will invite the San Antonio Kiwanis clubs to join us and will see how many members and friends we can get to go from here. When: October 26, 2007 Where: Howl at the Moon – dueling piano bar – San Antonio, Texas http://www.howlatthemoon.com/index.htm Why: Because the opportunity exists to spend some quality time with your significant other – or fellow Kiwanians – or both - in Beautiful San Antonio. FLIGHT INFORMATION Bytown Travel has provided a price for airfare to San Antonio via Chicago. United Airlines - $524.57 (includes agent fee) Depart Ottawa – October 25th at 11:41 am – arrive San Antonio 5:46 p.m. (via Chicago) Depart San Antonio - October 28th at 1:51pm - Arrive in Ottawa 9pm Please contact Vivian directly email@example.com Accommodations option: Hotels currently being explored -Westin Riverwalk San Antonio $299/night -Homewood Suites Riverwalk $229/night (these suites are large – a bedroom with 2 double beds and sitting area with pullout couch – could sleep 3…) - Alison Poirier has booked a block of rooms at the Sheraton – but we must get them quick. walking distance to the Riverwalk and the piano bar. $139/night USD plus tax – call Alison Poirier at 613-225-7969 X228 or firstname.lastname@example.org Please contact President-Designate Bill Gosewitz at 613-563-5083 or email@example.com ASAP to confirm your registration. Travel arrangements must be confirmed by the end of September.
Presidents Report 2006/2007
Twelve months ago, many Past Presidents told me that my term of President would go by very fast, and that I can attest to. It truly has been an honour and privilege to serve this great club. Many members have asked me what was the highlight of your year? As there were many, the one that stands out the most is the final meeting of the AKtion Club before the summer break. Watching these members interact with each other was unbelievable, and, as the meeting came to an end it was very evident that they couldn’t wait to return in the fall. We are a very fortunate club to have had a member like the late Tom Assaly, who brought the concept to us, and members like Harold Moore who follow through with such passion. We currently support two AKtion Clubs with over 100 members and they are considering starting a third club. Our sponsored youth programs had another very successful year.
Under the leadership of Ian Hendry, both Circle K Clubs – at the University of Ottawa and Carleton University experienced growth, and participated in many community projects. Our four key Clubs at Lisgar, Glebe, Nepean and Sir Robert Borden High Schools, with Ross McIntyre at the helm, contributed many volunteer hours within our community, and held fundraising activities to help the needy.
The Young Children Priority One Committee, under the leadership of Ian Sterling, saw an exponential growth in our Read-A -Thon project, with over 220 schools in 12 different countries participating.
Our two sponsored Cadets Squadron (211 Air cadets & Governor General’s Foot Guards), with Guy Milne as the Chair, had a very successful year. I had the good fortune of seeing both groups on parade and it was very rewarding seeing the discipline and leadership skills of these young men and women.
Our Direct Assistance committee, with Les Morin as Chair, continued to help some of the neediest in our community with financial assistance, as well as, help our youth attend camps and participate in sporting events.
The Hands-On component of this committee once again participated at the Mayor’s Seniors Breakfast on July 1st , as well as clean up at Camp Smity. Co-Chairs Dominic Ferrarotto and Bob Fisher ran a successful Medical Foundation Committee, and held a very successful fundraiser, with music provided by Mark Max and the Courriers.
I would like to thank the following Chairs of our Fundraisers: Bed Race – Alison Poirier and Gary Flockton; Bon Appetit- Phil Rossy and Bruno DiChiara; Charity Golf Tournament – Patrick McGarry; Partners in Caring- Clive Woolley, and Project Development – Ken Nelson. Without these events we would not be able to do all the good work and projects within the community. I would like to thank Tom Pullen and Angela Cummings for Co-Chairing the Membership Committee, along with their sub-committee chairs, David Fair, Tom Beveridge, and David Daubney. This is an area we must continue to focus on.
We were pleased to welcome our first Corporate Member – Algonquin College – and the committee is working on inviting many more corporate partnerships.
The Programme Committee, under the leadership of Lynda Campbell, did a marvellous job in bringing top speakers to our luncheons. We were honoured to have such speakers as General Rick Hillier, Mayor Larry O’Brien, Retired Police Chief Vince Bevan, Nana Mouskouri, and our International President Nelson Tucker.
I would be remiss if I didn’t thank Vic Whittaker, who, with the help of Lynda Campbell and our office, organized the luncheon to Salute all Mayors prior to amalgamation - our largest attendance for the year. Jamie Johnson and the Communication Committee did a great job keeping our name and commitment to our community, front and centre as is evident by the banners that are on display around the room, and, at our events.
I would like to acknowledge the hard work of our office staff with Mike Kruger and Rita Harper. Just when you thought you had me in line, you are going to have to start all over again with Bill. I was very fortunate to have Past President Sam Bhargava, and a very hard working Board of Directors to assist me with a number of very difficult issues. A big thank you to each and every one of you.
I would like to assure President Bill that I will be equally supportive over the next 12 months, as we continue to deal with some contentious issues. I would also like to thank Gary Flockton, who contributed to the Board this year, however, had to step down in June do to business pressures. Sam, as you step down from the Board I would like to thank you for your dedication and commitment to Kiwanis.
Last, but not least, I would like to thank my wife, Linda, for all her support and understanding over the past 12 months. There were many Kiwanians that apologized to her for keeping me so busy over the past year; however I think she liked it.
In closing, I would like to thank all the members of the club for giving me the opportunity to be the 89th President of this great club.
Yours in Kiwanis, President Neil McDonald 2006-07